It’s safe to say the Ravens’ secondary is still having major issues.
The unit had another game to forget Sunday during a 25-20 loss to the 49ers. Newly-acquired cornerback Shareece Wright was beaten for two touchdowns – burned by Torrey Smith for a 76-yarder, then stumbling to ground later in the game, leaving Quinton Patton wide open.
Safety Kendrick Lewis was on crutches in the locker room following the game after suffering a knee injury. Cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) didn’t play, nor did safety Terrence Brooks (thumb).
Five players have enjoyed 100-yard plus receiving yards against the Ravens already this season, including Anquan Boldin (102) yards on Sunday. Regardless of the personal, regardless of the scheme, the Ravens’ secondary is a unit that opponents keep taking advantage of.
“The yards put on us are big plays,” said cornerback Jimmy Smith following Sunday’s loss. “They’re not just going down dinking and dunking. They’re huge plays, getting 60 yards on a tight end delay. It’s very frustrating. There’s no excuse, for us as a secondary.”
Wright was in a tough spot, playing his first game with the Ravens against his former team. But following the game, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was in no mood for excuses.
“I don’t care if you’ve been here for four days, you put your eyes on your coverage in the right spot,” Harbaugh said. “You’ve got to do that or you can’t play.”
Even if the Ravens (1-5) get Webb and Brooks back, it won’t get any easier Monday night against the Cardinals, who have Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, two of the NFL’s most productive receivers so far this season. Brown had 196 yards receiving Sunday against the Steelers, while Fitzgerald had 93.
The Ravens’ secondary just doesn’t need to get healthier. It needs to get a lot better, or the team’s downward spiral will continue.